Posted by Debra Worley - email
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Retired court judges are going to back to work statewide.
The state cut the budget for the administrative office of the courts by 6% this year. Now, retired judges are going back to work for free in districts around North Carolina.
In the past, judges had been paid $400 for coming in for an emergency.
According to District Attorney Ben David, both, New Hanover and Pender Counties haven't had to use any volunteer judges just yet, but the time may come soon.
"Judges are experienced people," said David. "Some of the best we have, have retired from the system. It's important they still share their gifts with us. The fact that they are doing this for free show the commitment to public service."
According to the News and Observer in Raleigh, 4,400 retired judges have agreed to come back to work.